Pat and Cris Simmons Headed To Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary On vintage Mounts

PatCrisSimmonsA long motorcycle ride on very old motorcycles is the near future for Doobie Brother guitarist Pat Simmons and his wife, Cris Sommer Simmons. On the August 20th, the pair will depart from the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum in Sturgis, South Dakota, and head 1,000 miles east to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to help Harley-Davidson celebrate their 110th Anniversary. Cris will be riding Effie, her 1915 Harley-Davidson twin motorcycle, and Pat will ride Vinnie, his 1914 Harley two speed. The first Harley-Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903 and 110 years later the legendary brand is still an American icon.

“We’ve always been Harley people, that’s what brought us together”, say’s Cris, three time motorcycle hall of fame inductee, published author and motorcycle journalist.  Literally, since they actually met at a Harley-Davidson event in Sturgis in 1989. “We were introduced by a mutual friend, who happened to be a marketing executive for Harley-Davidson” Pat adds “Our mutual love of motorcycles, riding, and the lifestyle, drew us to one another, and we’ve been together ever since.”

PatCrisSimmonsterThis year the couple will celebrate 24 years together riding their nearly 100 year-old motorcycles to Milwaukee, where Pat, guitar player and singer with the legendary band The Doobie Brothers will perform with the band at the event on August 29th. “The Doobies have a long history with Harley-Davidson. Besides riding, we have been performing at their events, and biker parties for over 40 years. We love motorcycling, and the people who ride. It’s such an honor to be part the Harley-Davidson family, and the 110th Anniversary celebration, and we plan to rock in overdrive that night!”

Cris will be making an appearance at the Harley-Davidson Museum on August 30th, at 2pm, where she will talk about her experiences and we be signing copies of her three books afterwards. “We’re not sure what to expect as we roll the 1,000 miles or so from Sturgis to Milwaukee, but we’re excited. Cris has already done this, and more on Effie. She rode cross- country on the 3330 mile Motorcycle Cannonball run in 2010. I’ve never ridden this far on a motorcycle so old. It’ll be a new experience for me”, said Pat “I know this will be a ride to remember.”

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12 Responses to “Pat and Cris Simmons Headed To Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary On vintage Mounts”


  1. 1 Rodent Jul 17th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Ride on Chris & Pat, it will be another adventure for you guys!

  2. 2 LenNY Sinnet Barnett HD Jul 17th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Great photo.. LenNY

  3. 3 Blackmax Jul 17th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Congrats you 2 !!!!!
    Way to go !!!
    Keep on Riding !!!!

  4. 4 Laurence Zankowski Jul 17th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Cris,
    Pat,

    Here’s to 24 + 2 years more of riding and romance!

    Be well

    Laurence

  5. 5 nicker Jul 17th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Guys,
    RE:
    “… We’ve always been Harley people…”
    Well, its far more than just being “Harley people,” your true “Motorcycle people.”

    Actively riding vintage machines of any brand requires a commitment a to motorcycling that far transcends the typical contemporary “biker life-stye” proclamation.

    In reality what you are doing is providing us a fragile connection to our motorcycling legacy.
    And only those who have the patience, understanding, and willingness to learn are able to experience the true meaning of what motorcycling has always been about.; Rugged individualism and the courage to live life on your own terms.

    Thank you for your effort and your willingness, by example, to share that experience.

    -nicker-

  6. 6 courtney Jul 17th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Awesome. Rock on! 🙂

  7. 7 Doc Robinson Jul 18th, 2013 at 7:38 am

    A great couple, and a pair of committed enthusiasts to vintage motorcycling. Way to go Cris and Pat!

  8. 8 Terence Tory Jul 18th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    nicker:”And only those who have the patience, understanding, and willingness to learn are able to experience the true meaning of what motorcycling has always been about.; Rugged individualism and the courage to live life on your own terms.” The guy who thumbs the button on a Taiwanese scooter he found in a creek is every bit a motorcyclist compared to the guy that has to time travel and machine up rod bushes in a howling gale on the prairie to complete his journey. Its not necessary to romanticize doing everything to extremes to be a valid motorcyclist.

  9. 9 Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian Jul 18th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Enjoy your ride together. Riding vintage bikes across this great country is one of lifes finer pleasures. You two are the best.

  10. 10 nicker Jul 21st, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    T……Troy,

    RE:
    “… patience, understanding, and willingness to learn are able to experience the true meaning of what motorcycling has always been about…”

    Where is this “…time travel ……. howling gale on the prairie …” that has you panties in such a bunch….???

    While grading anything out of creek and resurrecting it is a good start.
    Whatever, its only as start……
    Now, when you’ve learned and applied the skill to “…machine up rod bushes…” then your well on your way……… 🙂

    -nicker-
    If it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing

  11. 11 Harlan Schiilinger Jul 22nd, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Pat and Chris: Great artical. See you in a few weeks on the hill. Harlan

  12. 12 Gina Woods Jul 22nd, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Two of my favorite people…happy trails to you!

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